Historical Headlines – September 11

09/11/2001 – America was under three separate attacks this morning as planes destroyed the twin towers in New York City, damaged the Pentagon, and were brought down in a field near Shanksville, PA.

09/11/1969 – James White of Kittanning, who was last year’s chairman of the state Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service, spoke out in favor of the proposed Air Industrial Park at Worthington. He said that the impact of using farm land for the air park will not adversely affect over-all county crop production. “The economic fact is that 5,844 crop acres in this county were diverted under federal agriculture program in 1968 while the air park will use only 300 acres.”

09/11/1969 – Anti-freeze at $1.49 per gallon was advertised by a local store.

09/11/1969 – State Sen. Albert R. Pechan of Ford City unexpectedly died this morning in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack last night in his home. He was often referred to as the “peppery Republican whip”. He was 67.

09/11/1969 – Three Ford City boys dumb-founded local police yesterday when they were found driving a five-ton lumber truck around the parking lot behind Arner’s Hardware. The boys were 9, 10 and 11-years old.

09/11/1969 – Ralph Lash of Adrian RD 1 celebrated his 89th birthday last Sunday at a picnic on his lawn, with 127 members of his family and numerous friends.

09/11/1969 – Ford City police were dumfounded yesterday when they saw three boys – aged 9, 10, and 11 – were driving a five-ton lumber truck around the parking lot behind Arner’s Hardware Store. The keys had apparently been left in the truck. The boys were released to their parents.

09/11/1964 – Robert M. Anthony, son of Mr. and Mrs. James G. Anthony of 1366 Orr Ave., Kittanning has been promoted to airman second class in the US Air Force at Keesler AFB, Miss.

09/11/1959 – Kittanning Burgess Charles J. Hoey announced his office collected a total of $623.75 during August.

09/11/1959 – Three Ford City patrolmen were slightly injured when their patrol car skidded, struck a highway sign and ran off the road at a curve on Fifth Ave. while the police pursued a speeding automobile. Those injured were Henry Fijal, John Czekanski and Frank Alcibiade.

09/11/1959 – Armstrong Water Company is completing another phase of a long-range program of improvements. Workmen are installing a new under-drain filler system at the East Kittanning filtration plant.

09/11/1954 – Boston: The years’ most powerful hurricane hit the New York area today and slammed into New England with winds of up to 135 miles an hour.

09/11/1954 – Ford City High School football team scored a lone touchdown in the first half and protected the lead to chalk up a 6-0 victory over Freeport in the season’s opener on Freeport field.

09/11/1954 – George M. Leader, Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, will visit Armstrong County and fill three speaking engagements, Preston Busch, Armstrong County Democratic Chairmen said.

09/11/1944 – Pvt. Robert J. Young, husband of Mrs. Beulah Sasso Young of West Winfield, has been reported by the War Department as missing in action in France since Aug. 16. The soldier is a son of James Young of Kittanning.

09/11/1944 – Ernest Leroy Toy, son of John and Althea I. (Miller) Toy of Pitt St., Leechburg, died in Municipal Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he had been admitted as an infantile paralysis patient.

09/11/1939  – Red Mantini of East Kittanning had a narrow escape from injury when the roof of n automobile he was driving snagged the bottom flight of steps on the Columbia Theater Building fire escape. Part of the steel structure was forced through the automobile windshield.

09/11/1939 – Two paving jobs have been added to Kittanning street system with completion last week of the surfacing of Wilson Avenue and North Grant Avenue.

09/11/1934 – Members of Kittanning High School who are enrolled in the commercial curriculum met in the high school auditorium to listen to Miss Agnes Slaymaker, art teacher, tell about two new courses that are being offered for the first time. One includes poster making and the other takes up retail store decorating.

09/11/1934 – Kittanning Elks Lodge, which has charge of the program which will mark laying of the cornerstone of a new hospital here, is making elaborate arrangements for the event.

09/11/1929 – October 11 promises to be another special date in the history of this community. Bids will be opened that day in the office of U. S. Engineers at Pittsburgh for construction of the abutment and dam No. 7 on the Allegheny River here.

09/11/1929 – Assessor returns show 35,160 registered voters in Armstrong County.